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2009 MAY

  • 05152009 GHTA Launches E Seminar Program

    GIFT AND HOME TRADE ASSOC.
    LAUNCHES E-SEMINAR PROGRAM

    GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Gift and Home Trade Association (GHTA), a non-profit professional trade association for the gift and home industry, has launched a new education e-seminar program. Called Standout and Be Successful, it allows industry sales representatives to participate in a variety of educational training programs via the Internet.


  • 05192009 CRI Makes Seal of Approval More Consumer Friendly

    CRI MAKES SEAL OF APPROVAL
    MORE CONSUMER FRIENDLY

    DALTON, GA – The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has expanded its Seal of Approval program to encourage carpet cleaning companies to provide a higher level of customer service and satisfaction.


Markets
  • 05012009 AMC Expands Temporaries

    AMERICASMART ATLANTA
    EXPANDS TEMPORARIES WITH
    NEW PRODUCT CATEGORY

    ATLANTA – Americasmart market temporaries have been expanded with the addition of the newly defined Antiques, Vintage and One-of-a-Kind category. The new temp category will debut at the International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, July 8 to 15.


  • 05282009 WMC to Host The Next Big Idea during First Friday June 5

    WORLD MARKET CENTER TO HOST
    ‘NEXT BIG IDEA’ DISCUSSION
    AT FIRST FRIDAY EVENT JUNE 5

    LAS VEGAS – So what’s next? A panel discussion called "The Next Big Idea - How to Revitalize Our Market, " will take place June 5 at the Las Vegas Design Center’s monthly First Friday series. The event will be held in C-184 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


     

  • 05292009 ORRA Events Set for July Atlanta Market

    ORIENTAL RUG RETAILERS ASSOC.
    SCHEDULES ATLANTA MARKET EVENTS 

    ATLANTA – The Oriental Rug Retailers Association (ORRA) has scheduled educational events for the International Area Rug Market at Americasmart Atlanta, July 12 to 15.



Retailers
  • 05132009 Macy's Reports First Quarter Results

    MACY’S REPORTS LOSS
    FOR FIRST QUARTER;
     
    INTERNET SALES ARE BRIGHT SPOT

    CINCINNATI – Macy's, Inc. reported a net loss of 21 cents per diluted share for the first quarter of 2009, ended May 2, 2009. Sales in the first quarter totaled $5.199 billion, down 9.5% from sales of $5.747 billion in the first 13 weeks of 2008. On a same-store basis, Macy's, Inc.'s first quarter sales were down 9%.


  • 05192009 Home Depot Reports First Quarter Earnings

    HOME DEPOT REPORTS 9.7%
    DECLINE IN FIRST QUARTER SALES

    ATLANTA – The Home Depot has reported first quarter 2009 sales of $16.2 billion, a 9.7% decline from the first quarter of fiscal 2008. Comparable store sales for the first quarter were  down10.2%, and comparative  sales for U.S. stores were off 8.6%. First quarter earnings were $514 million, or 30 cents per diluted share, compared with earnings of $356 million, or 21 cents per diluted share, in the same period in fiscal 2008.


Vendors
  • 05202009 Orian Rugs Celebrates 30th Anniversary

    ORIAN CELEBRATES 30th
    ANNIVERSARY; MAKES
    COMMUNITY DONATIONS

    ANDERSON, SC – To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Orian Rugs, the rug manufacturer has donated 30 rugs to Anderson County School District 5 and 30 trees to Habitat for Humanity. Orian founders Lucien Vanwynsberghe and Lieven Santens flew in from Belgium to attend the event.


     

  • 05212009 Brintons Launches New Sample Program

    BRINTONS LAUNCHES 
    COMPUTER-GENERATED
    DESIGN SIMULATIONS
     

    ATLANTA, GA – Brintons, a producer of custom woven Axminster carpet, has launched a new Axminster Modeling Program (AMP) which allows Brintons’ customers to visualize custom designs and color schemes in Axminster construction through computer-generated paper simulations, rather than through traditional woven strike-offs. 


     

  • 05262009 Karastan Carpet Selected for Molly Brown House

    AFTER 38 YEARS, MOLLY BROWN HOUSE REPLACES KARASTAN 717 CARPET -- WITH KARASTAN 717 CARPET

    DENVER, CO – After 38 years and more than a million footsteps, the Karastan 717 carpet in the Molly Brown House in Denver, CO, is being replaced with the exact same carpet: Karastan’s 717 Multicolor Panel Kirman.


  • 05292009 Karastan Donates Carpet to Joyful Heart Foundation

    KARASTAN DONATES CARPET TO
    JOYFUL HEART FOUNDATION

    Joyful Heart Foundation founder Mariska Hargitay (right) and Hilary Swank were among 600 guests who attended the foundation’s second annual gala fund-raiser.

    NEW YORK– More than 600 celebrities and guests including actress and Karastan 2007 “Statement Maker” Mariska Hargitay attended the Joyful Heart Foundation’s second annual gala fund-raiser on May 5. The event was held in a New York ballroom carpeted by Karastan.


















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